Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.
The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame.
The reason is simple – a large portion of the tech-oriented gift-givers have turned their attention to slates, rather than full-fledges PCs this Christmas season. And whp could blame them considering the likes of the piggy-bank hugging Nexus 7.
On top of that, Gartner reckons a single PC is enough for the needs of a family and its members, who gladly share it for quick work-related tasks and then focus on their tablets or laptops for media consuming.
Out of all major PC vendors only Lenovo and Asus managed to better their last year’s PC sales by 8.2% and 6.4%, respectively.
After Samsung’s latest Chromebook, with its incredibly low price of $250. Now Acer gone even lower with its new C7 Chromebook for just $199.
Acer C7 Chromebook It’s an 11.6-inch (1,366 x 768) machine with a 320GB HDD and an Intel processor, rated for 3.5 hours of battery life, just about half that of Samsung’s ARM-powered entry. It still manages to be under an inch thick and packs a full-size Ethernet port, plus 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, three USB 2.0 ports and both HDMI and VGA output. (Cellular connectivity does not appear to be an option.) The C7 is available starting tomorrow.
Nvidia posted recently a record quarter on growing revenue from its mobile business earlier today, and in the following conference call chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang had a few interesting comments to make on mobile.
The gist can be summarized in one sentence: consumers realize “a great tablet is better than a cheap PC.” Huang said this despite the fact that Nvidia makes both desktop and mobile chips, and that’s what makes this statement interesting.
With net income from its Tegra mobile chip reaching $209.1 million, up from $178.3 million, that’s understandable. Moreover, Huang also mentioned that demand for Tegra for Android phones and the Surface offsets declines in Nvidia’s desktop business.
Nvidia is planning to bring its Tegra 4 processors in early 2013, and those will be the company’s first ones with integrated 4G LTE.
source : Venture Beat
Acer had officially released the Iconia Tab A700 tablet that has been first seen at the CES in Las Vegas back in January. The main feature of this tablet is that it’s the first Android tablet to have a 10.1-inch, FullHD 1920 x 1200 resolution display.
In the specs feature : the Iconia Tab A700 packs a processor powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 with 4-PLUS-1 cores and runs ICS Android 4.0. It also features Dolby Mobile 3 that provides 5.1 channel Dolby Surround Sound via HDMI to a home entertainment system. Under the hood you have 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space, which can be further expanded by using microSD cards. Then there’s a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera on the back that also records 1080p videos and a 1 megapixel fixed focus camera on the front. Acer claims that the A700 has a battery life of up to 10.5 hours while watching videos.
The Iconia Tab A700 is up for pre-order on Acer’s online store for $449.99.
Source : Acer